Picture Me Rollin makes light of trainer’s concerns

Picture Me Rollin in actoin last year.
Picture Me Rollin in actoin last year.
Invercargill mare Picture Me Rollin packed too many punches for her opposition, striding out to a two-length victory in yesterday’s Beaumont Cup.

The 5yr-old’s two-length victory in the 1600m open feature continued an excellent association between trainer Jo-Anne Dalton and rider Samantha Wynne.

And it helped put a rare disappointment from Picture Me Rollin behind her.

The Highly Recommended mare was third-last in the Wyndham Cup for rider Rohan Mudhoo when running into bad luck wherever she went.

“Every option Rohan took it just ended up going wrong,” Dalton said.

“It was just one of those races.”

Dalton admitted she had some concerns going in to the Beaumont Cup following that race.

“I was a bit concerned she might start losing a bit of confidence after that last run with things going wrong.

“But, she seems to be fine.”

Yesterday’s win was Picture Me Rollin’s sixth career win, all coming over 1600m.

The 5yr-old hits the line powerfully in most of her races, suggesting 2000m would also suit her.

Dalton has tried over that distance in the Gore, Tapanui and Wyndham Cups without success.

But that does not mean she will not try again.

“I am still determined that she is going to get over ground.”

The cancellation of racing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the scrapping of plans for Picture Me Rollin to race in the Easter Cup at Riccarton next month.

The question of what the best distance is for Our Teddy Boy looks to have been answered at Wingatui yesterday.

The 5yr-old powered along the inner to win race 2 for trainers Brian and Shane Anderton and rider Corey Campbell.

Three of Our Teddy Boy’s four career victories have come over 1200m.

Yesterday’s win came in his second start for the Anderton stable after he transferred from previous trainer Steve Tyler.

Riccarton trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman dominated yesterday’s eight-race programme by producing three winners.

All three of the Pitmans’ winners were ridden by their stable apprentice, Kavish Chowdhoory.

Golden Harvest kicked off the Pitmans’ winning run when registering another win for North Taieri sire Ghibellines.

The 3yr-old went one better than his first-up second at Riccarton behind Just Tickety Boo to score a comfortable win by more than two lengths.

The Pitman-Chowdhoory combination was also successful in race 3 with Swiss Eyre.

The trainers and jockey sealed their winning treble with Elle Makfi in race 8.

The 3yr-old made it back-to-back Pearl Series race victories after Chowdhoory gave her a perfect run in the trail.

Elle Makfi ran out yesterday’s 1600m distance strongly after stepping up sharply from her previous win over 1200m.


 

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